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January 24, 2007
Nearly 1,500 Colorado workers lost their jobs last month in mass layoffs, the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics said Wednesday.
The bureau said 1,483 Colorado workers filed initial claims for unemployment insurance because of mass layoffs. The data is culled from at least 50 workers losing their jobs at a single company and filing for unemployment.
Fifteen companies were responsible for the layoffs in Colorado. The numbers are down slightly from December 2006, when 16 companies laid off 1,536 workers.
Manufacturing was responsible for a third of all layoffs in the country in December. State-specific data for sectors was not released. The industry hit hardest, as ranked by the highest number of initial claims for unemployment, was highway, street and bridge construction.
The Midwest reported the highest number of initial claims, while California was the state with the largest number, followed by Michigan, Illinois, Kentucky and Ohio. Those five states accounted for 40 percent of all mass layoffs and 42 percent of initial claims for unemployment insurance.